For Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, it’s a chance to continue a strong start to the season after their 4-1 thrashing of Norwich on the opening day of the Premier League on Friday. Chelsea must bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Manchester United, but new manager Frank Lampard must contend with what he called another “small injury” to midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Liverpool are unbeaten against English teams in Europe over six games stretching back to 2009 when they lost a Champions League quarter-final to Chelsea. There will definitely be a change in goal as Alisson is out with a thigh injury, meaning summer signing Adrian will make his first start. This will be the 11th European meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea. The previous 10 were all in the Champions League, with Chelsea winning three, Liverpool two, and five draws. Only one game was won by a margin of more than one goal.
Stephanie Frappart will become the first female to officiate a major UEFA men’s match when Lampard’s Chelsea face the European champions in Istanbul. Klopp believes it is high time a woman refereed such a high-profile fixture given female officials have already made positive strides in German men’s football. Lampard thinks the huge attention garnered by the Women’s World Cup in France this year where Frappart refereed the final proves more women should be involved in the sport’s biggest matches.